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Joe Burnett
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: UNCG
Graduating Year: 2009
Joe Burnett Bio
Release: 09/06/2013
Joe Burnett enters his second season as an assistant coach for Justin Maullin in 2014. Burnett was a four-year letterwinner for the Spartans from 2005-08 and has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at UNC Asheville. 

Burnett, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., helped lead the Spartans to three NCAA Tournament appearances during his playing career, including being named the 2008 Southern Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player. He helped UNCG win SoCon Tournament titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008, as well as claiming league regular season titles in 2005 and 2007. The Spartans advanced to the SoCon Tournament championship game in all four years of his playing career.

Burnett started in 22 of 23 games as a senior, logging 1,713 minutes on the pitch. His play on the backline helped the Spartans Cinderella run in the SoCon Tournament as they won from the seventh seed. He earned SoCon Most Valuable Player honors for the tournament as he led the defense that allowed just two goals in three games.

UNCG kept the momentum going in the NCAA Tournament in 2008 as it knocked off Duke 2-0 in the first round before defeating Loyola (Md.) 2-1 to advance to the Final 16. The Spartans’ season and run ended as they fell to South Florida on penalty kicks.

In his first two seasons, UNCG finished ranked No. 18 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, compiling a 32-14-2 record. During his four-year career, the Spartans amassed 53 victories overall, including a 16-10-1 mark in SoCon play.

Burnett earned his bachelor of arts in history from UNCG in 2009. Also, he spent the 2009 season as an assistant coach at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, N.C. 
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